Even though Tottenham have gone on a special run in the Champions League this season, the Lilywhites have struggled to pick up consistent wins in the Premier League over the last couple of months.
Their poor form continued today as they ended up on the wrong side of a 1-0 result against Bournemouth, courtesy of a late Nathan Ake header.
Tottenham played almost the entirety of the second half with just nine men after both Son Heung-Min and Juan Foyth were both sent off either side of half-time.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was asked after the game if the defeat can be put down to the distraction of having the crucial second leg against Ajax coming up on Wednesday, but the Argentine immediately dismissed the suggestion.
He insisted that the first half performance proved that his players were up for the game and that they could have put the game out of sight given the chances they had before the interval.
Speaking to Football.London, the Argentine said, “I don’t believe that (the pressure of the Champions League got to the team). When you watch the performance in the first 40 minutes until the red card of Sonny, the team was playing so well, so comfortable on the pitch.
“They had one corner, but the team was very comfortable on the pitch, Now we can talk about many things but I was very happy.
“After the game, you cannot be happy. I’m disappointed and sad because it is cruel the way we lost the game, we feel disappointed at sad in the way that we lost the game.”
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Spurs were unlucky today as their first-half performance certainly deserved better. The loss has put the Lilywhites in a perilous position in their quest to seal Champions League qualification, as the game against Everton is now a must-win game.
Pochettino’s men will also go into the second leg in Amsterdam with some doubts in their mind about a top 4 finish, which certainly isn’t ideal.
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